Attach Scanned Documents​


You can attach scanned documents to requisitions, requisition line items, purchase orders, or purchase order line items using the attachment icon. Documents must be scanned at your agency or agency field location and saved on a local or network hard drive. You then browse for and attach the scanned files in the application.

Valid scanned file types include: .pdf, .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png, .tif, and .tiff. The maximum size of file that you can attach is 8MB.

Once attached, you cannot delete attachments.

Create an Attachment

1. Click the attachment icon appropriate for your needs:

  • Req Atch or PO Atch – for attachments associated with the requisition or purchase order in general.
  • Atch – line item attachments specific to the line item.

Figure 1 - Requisition attachments

 requisition attachment icons

Figure 2 - Purchase order attachments

 purchase order attachment icons

2. Click Browse to locate your scanned document file.

Figure 3 - Browse for scanned document

 attachment screen with browse button and file name highlighted

3.Highlight the scanned document file and click Open. The directory location of the document will appear in the Browse Files field.

Figure 4 –Directory location

 Browse files field and directory loction highlighted

4. Click Add File. The document will be added to a queue. The filename (without the extension) of the scanned document will be automatically entered in the Attachment Title field.

Figure 5 - Document added

attachment file shown in the attachment queue 

5. If desired, change the Attachment Title to something more suitable for the document. Otherwise, leave the default title based on the file name.

6. For only one document, leave Create Single Attachment checked. If you have changed the Attachment Title, this will apply the change. For more than one file, see Attaching Multiple Documents section below.

7. Click Create Attachment(s). The document will appear in the Attachments area. (Click View if you want to view the attachment.)

  • Once a scanned document is attached, it cannot be deleted.

Figure 6 - Attached document with View

 an attach shown with the View link highlighted

Attach Multiple Documents

You can add multiple scanned documents in a queue, and then attach them as one document. However, to add multiple documents, each with unique Document Titles, add and create the attachments one at a time as previously described.

1. Add a document as described above, and then repeat the steps to add a second document to the queue. Note the Attachment Title keeps the name from the first document added. This can be changed.

2. Continue adding documents as needed.

Figure 7 - Adding multiple documents

Attachment Title field and attachment queue highlighted 

3. The Create Single Attachment check box will affect the Attachment Title of the attached documents:

a. If you check the Create Single Attachment checkbox and click Create Attachment(s), all of the documents will upload as one document and have the same Attachment Title based on the filename of the first document added or a title you enter.

Figure 8 - Same document title

The Create single attachment check box and the attached document highlighted 

b. If you uncheck the Create Single Attachment check box and click Create Attachment(s), the documents will have different Attachment Titles based on their filenames.

Figure 9 - Different document titles

The Create single attachment check box shown as uncheckedand the attached documents highlighted 

Errors When Adding a File

If you receive a message, “Page cannot be displayed”, “Cannot access a closed file”, “Server error”, or “Maximum Request Length Exceeded”, your scanned document file size may be too large. The maximum size of file that you can attach is 8MB. Use your scanner/scanning software to reduce the file size or check your scan settings for resolution and file format. Scan pages of multi-page document individually or in groups. If you still get an error message after reducing the file size, trying rebooting your computer to clear any cached memory and then try again.

Scanner settings

Several factors must be considered when scanning documents for your agency, – e.g., the type of scanner or multi-function machine you use and its settings, the type of originals, etc. Each agency will need to develop their own best practices appropriate for their environment. Two settings often found on scanners and multi-function machines are:

Resolution: Generally scanners will offer a scanning resolution setting expressed in “dpi” or dots per inch. The lower the setting the smaller the file size, but the worse quality of image produced.

File formats: You particular scanner or and multi-function machines may be capable of producing a variety of file formats (e.g., .pdf, .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png, .tif, .tiff ).

You should test your own equipment to see which resolution and file format settings create the smallest file size with acceptable visual quality.

Document Retention

Your agency may need to develop document retention rules. Refer to the State Records Center web site for record retention information.